Definition of expedition noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌekspəˈdɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌekspəˈdɪʃn//
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  1. 1an organized journey with a particular purpose, especially to find out about a place that is not well known to plan/lead/go on an expedition to the North Pole Wordfindercommute, departure, destination, excursion, expedition, itinerary, journey, pilgrimage, safari, travel See related entries: Types of holiday/vacation
  2. 2the people who go on an expedition Three members of the Everest expedition were killed.
  3. 3(sometimes humorous) a short trip that you make when you want or need something a shopping expedition Synonymstripjourney tour expedition excursion outing day outThese are all words for an act of travelling to a place.trip an act of travelling from one place to another, and usually back again:a business trip a five-minute trip by taxijourney an act of travelling from one place to another, especially when they are a long way apart:a long and difficult journey across the mountainstrip or journey?A trip usually involves you going to a place and back again; a journey is usually one-way. A trip is often shorter than a journey, although it does not have to be:a trip to New York a round-the-world trip. It is often short in time, even if it is long in distance. Journey is more often used when the travelling takes a long time and is difficult. In North American English journey is not used for short trips(British English) What is your journey to work like?tour a journey made for pleasure during which several different places are visited:a tour of Bavariaexpedition an organized journey with a particular purpose, especially to find out about a place that is not well known:the first expedition to the South Poleexcursion a short trip made for pleasure, especially one that has been organized for a group of people:We went on an all-day excursion to the island.outing a short trip made for pleasure or education, usually with a group of people and lasting no more than a day:The children were on a day’s outing from school.day out a trip to somewhere for a day, especially for pleasure:We had a day out at the beach.Patterns a(n) foreign/​overseas trip/​journey/​tour/​expedition a bus/​coach/​train/​rail trip/​journey/​tour to go on a(n) trip/​journey/​tour/​expedition/​excursion/​outing/​day out to set out/​off on a(n) trip/​journey/​tour/​expedition/​excursion to make a(n) trip/​journey/​tour/​expedition/​excursion
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: via Old French from Latin expeditio(n-), from expedire ‘extricate’, from ex- ‘out’ + pes, ped- ‘foot’. Early senses included ‘prompt supply of something’ and ‘setting out with aggressive intent’. The notions of ‘speed’ and ‘purpose’ are retained in current senses. Sense (1) dates from the late 16th cent.Extra examples Finally, the great expedition set off for the long journey to the Holy Land. He had made two expeditions to Spain to study wild plants. He led a military expedition against the rebels. In response, Charles VI sent a punitive expedition to Brittany, raping and killing the populace. John Franklin’s ill-fated expedition to the Arctic On 21 January the expedition reached the South Pole. She was about to embark on a major expedition. Spanish exploratory expeditions in the 16th century The British agreed to a joint expedition with the French. The army sent a punitive expedition into Mexico. The expedition returned only two weeks after it had left. They plan to launch an expedition into the mountains. a major expedition to climb Mount Everest a naval expedition to West Africa an expedition into the interior of Australia He led the first expedition to the South Pole. The first successful expedition was in 1894. Win a fantastic shopping expedition to New York!
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